With the growing concern and spread of the Coronavirus, watch out for these overlooked places that you commonly touch to help prevent spreading disease-causing germs onto yourself and others.
1. The remote control:
The remote control may seemingly be innocent, but with frequent use and being touched by so many hands (especially if you have guests over) be vigilant in wiping down this commonly held item with alcohol. If being held frequently isn’t enough, the remote control also tends to be wedged in between couch cushions or even on the floor where bacteria can thrive.
2. Your cellphone:
Your mobile phone can be the common culprit for carrying germs and potentially disease. Clean your phone regularly as you would with washing your hands. Whatever your hands touch, your cellphone likely does too. This is doubly important as the common tendency is to rest your cellphone on public surfaces such as restroom counters, restaurant tables etc.
3. Your laptop:
If you’re the office type or work from your laptop or computer, mind the cleanliness of your keyboard. It’s most likely covered in germs as it’s accumulated throughout the long hours you spend on it. Keep germs and disease at bay by taking the extra precaution to wipe down your keyboard regularly with alcohol. This is especially true if you like to work in public places such as cafes where you rest your laptop on a table.
4. Door knobs and entryways:
If you employ a no-shoes rule in your home, good! Removing shoes at home helps to prevent the spread of countless germs like e-coli that you may have picked up while walking on the street. Make the most of this good habit by keeping door knobs clean and sterilized regularly as well. Also, entryways where you remove your shoes, should be kept extra clean as well.
5. Kitchen Sponge:
Did you know that the very sponge you use to wash your dishes is likely one of the dirtiest things in your home? This is hardly a surprise as it’s wet, is exposed to food scraps and is highly absorbent. Be diligent with replacing your kitchen sponge to prevent literally rubbing disease into your home.
6. Your hand towel:
It’s quite unsettling to think that your hand towel, which ideally dries already clean hands has the potential to house salmonella and fecal bacteria. Keep things clean and avoid contracting disease from your own home by regularly replacing your hand towels. A simple way to tell is by smelling your hand towel. If it doesn’t smell clean, then replace it. Obviously!
7. Your grocery cart:
It’s no surprise that the handle of your grocery cart can host all kinds of germs and bacteria. Take a moment to wipe down the handle with alcohol or immediately wash your hands after using it to prevent the spread of bacteria. With the current spread of Coronavirus as well, we recommend skipping placing your child in the cart as well.
8. Your handbag and wallet:
The usual tendency with handbags and wallets is to set them on surfaces close to us. Whether this is at a table at a restaurant, on the bathroom counter as we wash our hands, on a chair during a meeting etc, the point is your bag and wallet tend to get as much exposure to germs from public places as you do. Keep in mind, where you go, your bad and wallet do too, so be vigilant in keeping them clean.
9. Your bed and sofa:
Your bed may be in the safety of your home, but it’s often an overlooked place to hold germs especially when you sit or lie down on your bed after a day out. Think of all the places you’ve sat on and walked through, germs could easily accumulate on your clothes which can also transfer to your bed and sofa. Keep things clean and err on the side of caution by regularly cleaning your sofa and using your bed when you’re clean and with a fresh change of clothes.
10. The ATM machine:
Think of all the countless hands that have touched the ATM machine buttons. Microbes, bacteria, and even viruses could easily be transmitted from the ATM machine to you, not to mention the money being dispensed that have been through countless hands as well. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after using the ATM machine.
Regardless of the Coronavirus, keeping your immunity strong should be a top priority as the world is full of disease causing germs, no matter how vigilant you are at keeping things clean. Incorporate quality supplements into your diet to better protect yourself. Supplements like Turmeric, Probiotics, and a quality Multivitamin can make all the difference in how well your immunity responds to your inevitable exposure to germs.